Georgia-based Millard Refrigerated Services has agreed to pay the U.S. $3 million to resolve allegations that it released thousands of pounds of potentially deadly anhydrous ammonia from one of its warehouses, sickening 152 people in Alabama who were cleaning up BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The U.S. Justice Department said that the company had failed to take adequate measures to prevent its ammonia production systems in Theodore, Ala., from hydraulic shock, which can cause “catastrophic failures” in the specialized equipment. As a result, on Aug. 23, 2010, the equipment released 32,000 pounds of the noxious gas into the air, where it traveled ... Read More
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